Occupational Therapy: Evaluation and Intervention of the Client with Parkinson’s Disease
39.95
Online
Elective
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About the Course: 
Parkinson's disease (PD) is the second most prevalent neurodegenerative disorder, after Alzheimer's disease, affecting approximately 630,000 people in the U.S. in 2010. This number is expected to double by 2040. With the growing number of people living with PD, most occupational therapy practitioners are likely to encounter a client with this diagnosis in their practice. Practitioners enter the field with a general understanding of neurologic rehabilitation but lack specific training in the differential diagnosis, examination, and management of clients with Parkinson's disease.This intermediate-level course is designed to provide occupational therapists and certified occupational therapist assistants with the information needed to appropriately examine and treat the client with Parkinson's Disease, including differential diagnosis of individuals who exhibit signs and symptoms indicative of PD. Equipped with the most current evidence, the learner will be able to discuss and critically evaluate interventions directed at the specific body structure and function, activity, and participation deficits associated with PD. 

Course Objectives: 
After completing this course, the learner will be able to: 
1. Describe the etiology and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, including its four cardinal signs. 
2. Describe the clinical course of Parkinson’s disease, its classification, and differential diagnosis of parkinsonian syndromes. 
3. Describe the medical management of Parkinson’s disease. 
4. Determine the optimal evaluation process given the client’s individual presentation and current best evidence. 
5. Compare and contrast current, best therapy interventions for the management of the client with Parkinson’s disease.About the 

About the Authors
Meredith Chandler OTR/L has been working as an occupational therapist for 7 years, primarily with the adult and geriatric populations in hospital and skilled nursing settings. Her patients have a wide variety of medical conditions including, but not limited to, neurological and cognitive impairments. Additionally, she works as an independent writer and researcher. Over the past 4 years, she has compiled several academic courses, articles, and educational blogs for fellow clinicians and caregivers. Meredith also has experience in conducting international rehabilitation trainings for both pediatric and adult patients/caregivers. About the first edition 

Deborah Kegelmeyer, DPT, MS, GCS, is a certified geriatric clinical specialist with more than 20 years of clinical experience. She is currently a professor of clinical Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Ohio State University, from which she graduated summa cum laude in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science in physical therapy and in 1990 with a Master of Science in allied medicine. She went on to pursue a doctorate in physical therapy from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in 2004. In 1988 she founded the first group exercise program in Franklin County, Ohio, for individuals with Parkinson’s disease and has remained active in local Parkinson’s support and exercise groups. She served as chair of the PD EDGE taskforce for the Neurology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, creating recommendations for universal outcome measures for use in Parkinson’s disease.Dr. Kegelmeyer studies mobility and fall prevention in the elderly and those with neurodegenerative disease and works as a consultant in the Movement Disorders Clinic at Wexner Medical Center. She has written extensively, including several journal articles related to Parkinson’s disease, including “Reliability and Validity of the Tinetti Mobility Test for Individuals with Parkinson Disease” and “Assistive Devices Alter Gait Patterns in Parkinson Disease: Advantages of the Four-Wheeled Walker.”
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Evaluation and Intervention of the Client with Parkinson’s Disease

39.95
About the Course: 
Parkinson's disease (PD) is the second most prevalent neurodegenerative disorder, after Alzheimer's disease, affecting approximately 630,000 people in the U.S. in 2010. This number is expected to double by 2040. With the growing number of people living with PD, most occupational therapy practitioners are likely to encounter a client with this diagnosis in their practice. Practitioners enter the field with a general understanding of neurologic rehabilitation but lack specific training in the differential diagnosis, examination, and management of clients with Parkinson's disease.This intermediate-level course is designed to provide occupational therapists and certified occupational therapist assistants with the information needed to appropriately examine and treat the client with Parkinson's Disease, including differential diagnosis of individuals who exhibit signs and symptoms indicative of PD. Equipped with the most current evidence, the learner will be able to discuss and critically evaluate interventions directed at the specific body structure and function, activity, and participation deficits associated with PD. 

Course Objectives: 
After completing this course, the learner will be able to: 
1. Describe the etiology and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, including its four cardinal signs. 
2. Describe the clinical course of Parkinson’s disease, its classification, and differential diagnosis of parkinsonian syndromes. 
3. Describe the medical management of Parkinson’s disease. 
4. Determine the optimal evaluation process given the client’s individual presentation and current best evidence. 
5. Compare and contrast current, best therapy interventions for the management of the client with Parkinson’s disease.About the 

About the Authors
Meredith Chandler OTR/L has been working as an occupational therapist for 7 years, primarily with the adult and geriatric populations in hospital and skilled nursing settings. Her patients have a wide variety of medical conditions including, but not limited to, neurological and cognitive impairments. Additionally, she works as an independent writer and researcher. Over the past 4 years, she has compiled several academic courses, articles, and educational blogs for fellow clinicians and caregivers. Meredith also has experience in conducting international rehabilitation trainings for both pediatric and adult patients/caregivers. About the first edition 

Deborah Kegelmeyer, DPT, MS, GCS, is a certified geriatric clinical specialist with more than 20 years of clinical experience. She is currently a professor of clinical Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Ohio State University, from which she graduated summa cum laude in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science in physical therapy and in 1990 with a Master of Science in allied medicine. She went on to pursue a doctorate in physical therapy from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in 2004. In 1988 she founded the first group exercise program in Franklin County, Ohio, for individuals with Parkinson’s disease and has remained active in local Parkinson’s support and exercise groups. She served as chair of the PD EDGE taskforce for the Neurology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, creating recommendations for universal outcome measures for use in Parkinson’s disease.Dr. Kegelmeyer studies mobility and fall prevention in the elderly and those with neurodegenerative disease and works as a consultant in the Movement Disorders Clinic at Wexner Medical Center. She has written extensively, including several journal articles related to Parkinson’s disease, including “Reliability and Validity of the Tinetti Mobility Test for Individuals with Parkinson Disease” and “Assistive Devices Alter Gait Patterns in Parkinson Disease: Advantages of the Four-Wheeled Walker.”